by Eddie Olczyk
June 4, 2021
1/ST and NBC handicapper Eddie Olczyk brings momentum into Belmont Stakes Day after winning Monday’s Xpressbet Santa Anita Challenge Handicapping Tournament. He turns his attention Saturday on Belmont for a trio of key plays. Follow Edzo’s plays each week – only with 1/ST and Xpressbet!
RACE 3 (12:47PM ET) // GRADE 1 WOODY STEPHENS STAKES // 7 FURLONGS (DIRT)
#4 DREAM SHAKE (5-2 ML)
He should get a golden trip with the speed of Drain the Clock, Jackie’s Warrior and Caddo River all battling for the front. Look for him to break, settle, sit behind the speed and make a run. Win bet.
RACE 9 (4:42PM ET) // GRADE 1 METROPOLITAN HANDICAP // 1 MILE (DIRT)
#1 MISCHEVIOUS ALEX (5/2 ML)
The speed of the race is Knicks Go, but he’s run 1-turn races on dirt only 4 times in this career – winning only the first race of his life. This is a 1-turn race, so at 2-5 odds, no thanks. Mischevious Alex can sit in the golden spot behind the big favorite. Not sure he wants to go this far, but hoping that he trips out. The price will be fair, and with the trip I see for him, why not? Win-place bet.
RACE 13 (6:49PM ET) // GRADE 1 BELMONT STAKES // 1 1/2 MILES (DIRT)
#2 ESSENTIAL QUALITY (2/1 ML)
Essential Quality is the horse to beat in the Belmont and I’ll key him in the exotics.
$100 Wagering Strategy:
• $26 Win: Essential Quality
• $5 Exacta Key-Box: Essential Quality with Rombauer, Known Agenda ($20)
• $2 Trifecta Part-Wheel: Essential Quality over Rombauer, Known Agenda, Hot Rod Charlie over ALL ($36)
• $1 Trifecta Part-Wheel: Rombauer, Known Agenda, Hot Rod Charlie over Essential Quality over ALL ($18)